For the past five decades the European Union of Medical Specialists/Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes, (UEMS), has developed into the most comprehensive and representative European Medical Organisation (EMO). UEMS was founded in Brussels on 20 July 1958; its seat is in Brussels. UEMS (www.uems.net) has the following objectives:

  1. The delivery of optimum, high quality and safe healthcare to all citizens within the European Union
  2. The maintenance and further development of the professional autonomy of European medical specialists
  3. The study, promotion, harmonization and access to high quality ongoing education and training for medical specialists and their medical practice
  4. The promotion of free movement of specialist doctors within the EU
  5. The active participation in and representation, within the framework of the organised medical specialist profession in Member States of the EU, to all relevant statutory EU agencies and any other authority and/or organisation dealing with issues relating to the medical profession.

The UEMS Section & Board of Infectious Diseases (UEMS-ID) was founded in 1997 (Section) and 1998 (EBID). UEMS-ID has delegates from more than 30 countries.

The UEMS-ID mission is to guarantee the highest standards of care in the field of infectious diseases in Europe by ensuring that the specialty of infectious diseases is recognized in all European countries, that the professional training and education in infectious diseases are raised to the highest possible level and that there is free movement of infectious diseases specialist doctors within Europe.

A presentation at ECCMID held in April 2012 by Dr Nick Beeching (Liverpool, UK) on "The Roll of UEMS Infectious Diseases" can be downloaded here.